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« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2003, 06:13:29 PM »

If the overall looks of your az is not terribly important to you, than you would not need bigger rims,,,, more of a preference

My M_I_L's 03 Rally with the 17 and Fortera's ride much better than the 17 Michelin MXV4+, I put on my Tek

And the 20" fortera's I put on my AV ride nicer than the factory 17" with RSA's it came with [so throw the bigger tire, the worse ride out the window]

It is one of the better tires that satisfy an year round capability
If you look up the factory size it came with, look at the overall diameter and try to stay to close as possible [ within a 1/2" overall] as to not greatly effect anything

If you or anyone do decide to upgrade rims
Watch out for the online retailers,, they have a tendancy to substitute different bolt patterns and say it is OK  <wrong>

the Tek needs 5 on 115mm bolt pattern
not 114.3 or 4.5"

Here is another place that gives you good choices [but I don't endorse them]
http://www.superbuytires.com
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2003 1SC Rally > MSRP $27,845 > Paid $19,500
2004 1SC AWD > MSRP $31,760 > Paid $22,000
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2003, 04:22:54 PM »

The main advantage of the bigger rims is just that. They are Bigger! The Aztek has an enourouse looking body and huge rims fit better with the looks. You can also put wider tires on the bigger rims giving you improved cornering and overall handling. You will be amazed how well you can grip the road. I have great wet and dry traction with mine. The downside. Polish and maintenance. My chrome can be pretty dirty and still gleam in the sunlight, but it is still dirty. And it gets dirty fast. A good wash down at a car wash is ok, but polish is exponentially better. It is personal preference like Aztextacy said, so do what ya want.
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greg_foulks
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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2003, 11:13:27 PM »

I did and stayed with the 15's and bought 4 new Michelin Harmony w/ 80K tread. They look like they will do the job just fine.
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2004, 02:19:47 PM »

How much did you have to pay?  Let us know how well they wear.
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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2004, 10:47:09 PM »

I didn't pay the public price  Tongue   My father-in-law gets a discount through his garage.  
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« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2004, 09:58:28 PM »

I just purchased Bridgestone Turanza LS-T 215/65R16 for my 2001 Tek.  So far they look good, are quite, and seem to grip the road.  They also have a higher load rating than the OEM's; nice to know now that I am towing a popup.
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« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2004, 04:20:33 PM »

First thing is hello. . .This is my first post concerning what I always thought was the ugliest car on the planet. Well last Saturday I bought a 03 Aztek, I couldnt find a reason not to. . .Price was right, all the utility features I wanted, respectable power and economy. Much bigger than they look. After a test drive I knew I was hooked. First thing was to get rid of the Firestone Affinity tires 215/70/16 and replace them with Toyo's Ultra 100K premimum passenger car tire 235/60/16. What a difference. . .Nice quit ride, great wet and dry traction. At 6 bucks installed not cheap but they were what I wanted. After putting 45K on the Toyo Spectrum with my 99 Contour I am a Toyo fan all the way. . . .Too bad they dont make the Spectrum in a 235 size. . .
   I have been reading a couple weeks and thought I might as well jump in. . .The water is fine. . . . :code7:  
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« Reply #22 on: January 19, 2004, 05:56:56 PM »

gyusher

Yes, function overtakes form, to set you apart from the norm
Welcome to the club :wave:  
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« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2004, 06:48:01 PM »

gyusher:
Welcome to the group. Glad to see another Buckeye buddy here. Just where in Ohio are you// Inquiring minds want to know.

Jack
PS The Midwest rally will be in Ohio this year.

Jack

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« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2004, 07:00:59 PM »

I live in Reynoldsburg, just touching C-Bus east side. . . . .Just outside the circle. . . .Bought my 03 in Lancaster at Bobby Laymans. . . . .I paid too much as usual but who's counting. . .I plan to keep it a long, long time, like it more every day. . .So far the only problem has been when I couldnt get it out of "Park". . . .removed the key, reinserted it and all was well, however I am still a little paranoid about "Park". . .Gas milage was 26 on the first tank. . .Mostly highway about 75/25. . . .I think I will still do 20 in town. . .Wish the heater worked faster/ better. . .Brrrrrr 10F tonight. . . .I will freeze most of the way to work. . . .Returned lease car. . .26K but was well kept. . .Underside is like new. . . :code7:  
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« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2004, 08:39:51 PM »

Welcome to the club.  You are sure to enjoy your new Tek.  Thanks for jumping in with your advice on the tires too.  Everybody benefits when people share their experiences.
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« Reply #26 on: January 21, 2004, 04:22:39 PM »

If your concern about snow traction, I used a 17" rim with Michelin Artic Alpin tires and just two days ago, I had to pull a 12 foot utility trailer out of  16" of snow for about 35 feet and with the help of the AWD feature, it proved to be a piece of cake! Who needs a 4X4 when you have a Tek AWD with good tires!   B)

p.s. remember to clean out the snow from underneath cause it causes some electrical short circuits afterwards :wacko:  
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gyusher
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« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2004, 06:44:48 PM »

How do you clean out the snow underneath? Here in C-Bus we are having some snow that packs tight underneath, not like it did out west where I have had to dig snow out from around the front wheels with a tire iron so I could turn the wheels.
   What kind of electrical problems are you talking about?
BTW my Toyo Ultras are fine in Ice and Snow combined with a heavy car. . .works great! :code7:  
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« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2004, 10:42:34 PM »

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How much did you have to pay?  Let us know how well they wear.
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I also purchased a set of 4 Michelin Harmony tires (15") for my Tek back in November and paid $109/tire.  The cost also included installation (mounting and balancing and a new valve).  Like most reputable tire dealers, free tire rotations every 5,000 miles also comes with the purchase.  I purchased mine at Big-O Tires.

I immediately noticed the outstanding traction performance with these tires.  I drive my Tek mostly on mountain highways and with rain, snow, and ice...these tires grip as if they were glued to the driving surface. :cooldude:   On pavement, there is virtually no road noise which surprised me even more. Smiley
 
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« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2004, 11:17:52 PM »

This is my 4th set of Toyos. The first 3 were Spectrums that were a mid line tire that you couldnt find a better tire for the money, great wet, snow, dry traction and a true 65K tire. They dont make the Spectrum in a 235/60/16 so I moved up to their premimum, 100K, touring tire. At 600.00 total for 4 tires mounted, balanced, road hazard, free lifetime balance and rotation, plus some other stuff I dont remember.
   I have always used Michliens(sp) in the past but they started going crazy with so many different models and I managed to get a set of them at Wal.Mart that I didnt like. A friend owned a muffler and tire shop and he was always preaching about how good the Toyos were and I noticed they were his choice including everyone who worked for him. They handled Firestone, Michliens, Toyos and a couple low life brands for the 39 dollar market.
  For ten years I was a traveling salesman (Paint) and would put 60-80K a year on a car in all types of weather mostly hot, high humidity with summer time thunderstorms that would pop up about every afternoon during the summer months and ice and snow storms in the winter. I was very impressed with the Toyo Spectrums . I would replace them at around 50 as part of a service routine. I knew the 800 Ultra was a fine tire but a little expensive for me but if I knew then what I know now those Spectrums would be Ultras, they are truly the finest tire I have ever owned for a touring type tire. The tread is mildly aggresive but thinks it can do everything, rated M$S and with a 112 mph speed rating, traction A temp B , for my money I wont have another tire. I am confident that I will never have to buy another tire for my 03 Tek as around 80 to 100K I am sure I will want a new car. since I only drive about 12K a year now I might trade because of age rather than milage??? :code7:  :code7:  :code7:  :code7:  :code7:  
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